What to Wear for Family Photos?!


Start with one person

It’s way easier to visualise the whole puzzle once you know what one piece looks like. Try starting with mom or daughter, since women’s clothing tends to have more colors and prints.

Coordinating colors but not matching

All black shirts and jeans or white shirts and khaki pants are long past! We want colors that generally complement each other.

Look at your home decor

If the coloring of your location and/or clothes will look funky in your home, don't do it! Look at the coloring in your home and decide which location and clothes will look the best.

Consider your background

Let your clothing match your surroundings. You do not want to blend into the background but you also do not want to look out of place.

Be careful with patterns

Don't have too many patterned shirts (plaid, floral, etc.). Break it up with some solids.

Feel free to layer and use textures

Try adding on a jean jacket or a cute scarf. You could add a blazer or even a cute flower crown. Make it your own!

Stick with just one outfit

Don’t make things more complicated than they need to be. All you need is one outfit. Changing outfits will take time away from your shoot and can put your kids in a grumpy mood.

Purchase kids clothes together

Try purchasing clothes for children from the same store, see if there are clothing collections. I suggest doing this because most likely they will have the same color schemes available that will allow you to coordinate your outfits better.

Let the kids have input

If your daughter hates wearing dresses, don’t force her to wear one! If you son hates bowties then forget it! Happy kids make for happy photos!

Think classic

These photos will be hanging on your walls and treasured for years to come. By choosing simple, classic clothes you will help give your images a timeless feel.

Plan ahead

Once you book your session, start thinking of the clothes right away. Try on your clothes well in advance! Consider the weather.

Say No To

Neon colors

This is not golf or tennis time.

Characters and logos

They can be distracting.

Be careful with black and white

Don't have the whole family only wear black and white. Break it up with some other colors. If you love white, try off-white or ivory instead.

Too baggy or too tight

Wear properly fitted clothing that will show off your shape.

Athletic Shoes

You're going to a photo shoot, not a basketball game. Leave them at home!

Holiday colors

Even if you are planning on using these images for your holiday cards, that way you can enjoy your pictures year round!


Button down or structured shirts generally look better in photos. If you have your heart set on a t-shirt try layering a blazer on top.


Say Yes to

Maxi dresses, fitted tops tucked into long skirts, a-line dresses/coats, skinny jeans, cardigans, blazers, scarves, ankle boots, etc.

Say No to

Strapless, sleeveless (unless you love your arms), low-cut shirts, baggy clothes, tight clothes.


Say Yes to

Blazers, button-downs with sleeves rolled up to elbows, sweaters layered over collared shirts, dark wash jeans, khaki jeans, leather shoes/boots.

Say No to

T-shirts, baggy shorts/pants, athletic shoes, basketball shorts, cargo shorts.


Say Yes to

Everything listed for mom, plus these optional accessories: Headbands, hats, bows, rain boots, wear shorts under dresses.

Say No to

Neon, athletic shoes, clothes or shoes with characters on it, logos.


Say Yes to

Everything listed for dad, plus optional accessories: suspenders, bowtie, caps, high-top sneakers.

Say No to

Tank tops, neon, visible diapers, athletic clothes or shoes with characters on it.

If you're stuck...ASK FOR HELP!!

I would love to help you out.

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